Ottery St Mary Fire Station has issued a warning to residents to take emergency vehicle access into account when parking.

A spokesperson for the station urged community members to consider the potential hinderance caused by their parked vehicles.

The Facebook post from April 1 reads: "On our way back today we did some local topography and whilst on our travels came across some very tight pinch points.

"We at station 41 have an LRP which is one of the medium-sized fire engines operating in East Devon. In our narrow streets this just about squeezes through, however poor parking does delay us when manoeuvring through narrow gaps.

"Something as simple as having to stop and fold mirrors can delay our response by crucial seconds.

"If we require back up from our neighbouring stations who have MRPs (the larger appliances in our area) there are areas that they will not be able to get to! Also larger ‘specialist’ vehicles such as Aerial Ladder Platforms and Heavy Rescue Tenders will be unable to get through.

"We know parking is limited but please bare this in mind when parking, any delay in an emergency can put risk to life!"